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The 21st century is commonly referred to as the 'Pacific Century.' For such a prediction to materialize, the economies of the Asia-Pacific must lead the globe. What challenges will the region face? What nations stand to benefit most? The Diplomat's economics and business blog, Pacific Money, will try to tackle these questions and more.

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How Sovereign Investment Funds – Including China’s – Are Reshaping the Global Economy
November 11, 2020

How Sovereign Investment Funds – Including China’s – Are Reshaping the Global Economy

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Winston Ma, author of “The Hunt for Unicorns.”
China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere
November 10, 2020

China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere

By James Guild
The railway projects being built under the Belt and Road Initiative offer marginal economic benefits at exorbitant costs.

Why International Sanctions on Hong Kong May Not Work as Expected
November 10, 2020

Why International Sanctions on Hong Kong May Not Work as Expected

By Jin Kai
The moves announced so far are mostly symbolic – and far from enough to change Beijing’s calculus.

How China and the US Threaten the World Trading System
November 04, 2020

How China and the US Threaten the World Trading System

By Yukon Huang and Jeremy Smith
The world’s two biggest economies are also the biggest threats to the global trading system.

Market Debut of Chinese E-finance Giant Ant Group Postponed
November 04, 2020

Market Debut of Chinese E-finance Giant Ant Group Postponed

By Associated Press
It was hoped that Ant's debut would put a spotlight on China’s economic rebound from the pandemic.
Turbulent Times for Southeast Asia’s National Airlines
November 03, 2020

Turbulent Times for Southeast Asia’s National Airlines

By James Guild
Since COVID-19 brought international travel to a grinding halt, the region's airlines have been pushed to the brink of collapse.

Hong Kong Is Still an Irreplaceable Financial Gateway for China
October 30, 2020

Hong Kong Is Still an Irreplaceable Financial Gateway for China

By Simon Shen
Hong Kong is still China’s financial gateway to the world. What happens if the West pulls back?
What Can Taiwan’s Semiconductor Industry Learn From Japan?
October 28, 2020

What Can Taiwan’s Semiconductor Industry Learn From Japan?

By Gary Xie and Sophie Grant
Taiwan’s semiconductor industry will require major restructuring if it wishes to maintain its competitive edge in the crowded global market.

COVID-19 and the Perils of International Tourism
October 27, 2020

COVID-19 and the Perils of International Tourism

By James Guild
Tourism has been a boon for Southeast Asia, but the pandemic has exposed the region's unhealthy dependence on foreign visitors.

Mind the Gap: How Southeast Asia Can Make the AI Leap
October 23, 2020

Mind the Gap: How Southeast Asia Can Make the AI Leap

By Mark Manantan
Artificial Intelligence technology holds out huge potential benefits for ASEAN – if the region can close some crucial shortfalls.

Development for Whom? The Omnibus Bill and Jokowi’s Economic Vision
October 20, 2020

Development for Whom? The Omnibus Bill and Jokowi’s Economic Vision

By James Guild
The controversial bill intends to drive a particular type of economic growth, one that prioritizes manufacturing and investment.
What Will Indonesia’s Internet Economy Look Like?
October 16, 2020

What Will Indonesia’s Internet Economy Look Like?

By James Guild
Absent improvements in regulation and licensing, the breakneck growth in Indonesia's digital economy will soon reach its limits.

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